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Interdisciplinary Studies

5,504 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
176 Master's Degrees Annually
#75 in Popularity

Types of Degrees Interdisciplinary Studies Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many interdisciplinary studies graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 5,508
Associate’s Degree 678
Master’s Degree 176
Basic Certificate 114
Undergraduate Certificate 96
Graduate Certificate 31
Doctor’s Degree 6

What Interdisciplinary Studies Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to interdisciplinary studies were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Interdisciplinary Studies Majors

Interdisciplinary Studies majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills for Interdisciplinary Studies Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to interdisciplinary studies:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies?

5,508 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
62% Percent Women
40% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 5,504 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in 2019, making it rank #75 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 62% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of interdisciplinary studies majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Interdisciplinary Studies Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 174
Black or African American 1,094
Hispanic or Latino 705
White 3,061
International Students 82
Other Races/Ethnicities 392

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Interdisciplinary Studies. About 1.5% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Mexico
  • India

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of interdisciplinary studies students with a bachelor’s degree is $28,900 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $27,200 (25th percentile) and $32,200 (75th percentile).


It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to interdisciplinary studies.

Online Interdisciplinary Studies Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 291 schools offered some type of interdisciplinary studies program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 8 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 53 11
Bachelor’s Degree 8 0
Post-Baccalaureate 8 0
Master’s Degree 31 5
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 7 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to interdisciplinary studies.

Major Number of Grads
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 37,392
Biological & Physical Science 29,278
International Studies 7,967
Nutrition Science 4,794
Behavioral Science 3,731
Natural Sciences 2,571
Cognitive Science 2,275
Sustainability Science 2,194
Human Biology 1,460
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 1,310
Gerontology 1,281
Human Computer Interaction 1,272
Science, Technology & Society 1,171
Mathematics & Computer Science 1,105
Computational Science 927
Systems Theory 917
Museum Studies 801
Dispute Resolution 668
Historic Preservation 433
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 424
Classical & Ancient Studies 303
Marine Science 275
Cultural Studies & Analysis 227
Biopsychology 165
Medieval Studies 108
Accounting & Computer Science 71
Maritime Studies 45
Holocaust Studies 40


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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